NEPALI PRIME MINISTER WINS THE DISTINCTION OF THE POOREST WORLD LEADER
|Prime Minister Sushil Koirala arriving at JFK airport, NY.|
Not long ago, I posted a blog piece about Prime Minister Sushil Koirala, soon after he was elected. Now he’s in the world news again for having edged out José Mujica, the president of Uruguay, for the title of Poorest World Leader.
Both leaders are admired for their frugality and known for being truly concerned about the welfare of ordinary people. But even though President Mujica is reported to sometimes work without wearing any shoes, he does own a very old Volkswagen Beetle, which in 2010 had a value of $1,900. Prime Minister Koirala owns no car and his only property of any value are three mobile phones, one of which doesn’t work. His rejection of his own inheritance in favor of living a life of austerity and public service is considered the exception rather than the rule, since not many politicians anywhere appear to have an interest in following his example, or that of President Mujica.
The Himalayan Times, however, posted a different kind of article about one of Prime Minister Koirala’s activities in Kathmandu yesterday: the inauguration of a five-day Mahatma Gandhi Story Telling in the capitol, organized by the Mahendra Narayan Nidhi Memorial Foundation. During his inauguration, PM Koirala spoke of Gandhi’s commitment to non-violence and peace. He stressed that movements of non-violence would bring about positive social and political changes, and praised the many people of Nepal who have chosen to follow that path as well.
Official Nepalese Government Document of PM Koirala’s Property:
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